Motorcade of Generosity

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Motorcade of Generosity
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 1994
StudioPus Cavern, Sacramento, CA
Cake chronology
Motorcade of Generosity
Fashion Nugget
Singles from Motorcade of Generosity
  1. "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Jolene"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Ruby Sees All"
    Released: 1995

Motorcade of Generosity is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Cake. It was recorded at the Pus Cavern studio in Sacramento, California, and released through Capricorn Records on February 7, 1994.

According to Pitchfork reviewer Madison Bloom, Motorcade of Geneoristy is a lo-fi album with "warm and close" songs that pull from different musical styles, such as honky-tonk and ranchera, and compared its style to "trailing notes down a stairwell into some subterranean tavern, where a cantina band plays over clinking pints."[1] Music critic Daryl Cater deemed it an example of funky, guitar-oriented "quirk-rock" reminiscent of Phish's "genre-hopping jams".[2]


On January 14, 2009, a limited edition orange vinyl re-issue of the album was made available for purchase on the band's official website. It sold out in two days.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[3]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Rolling Stone[5]

The album has received a mixed-to-favorable response from critics. AllMusic critic Darryl Cater stated that "Cake's minimalist jams occasionally get repetitive", though he concluded that "there are enough standouts here to easily qualify Motorcade as a keeper."[2] Music reviewer Robert Christgau described the album as "unambiguity from the near side of cool."[4]


In 2005, the song "I Bombed Korea" was translated into Hebrew and performed by Zeev Tene under the title "Beirut" (Hebrew: ביירות), with "Korea" replaced by "Sidon" and "Beirut" in the lyrics. This version was included on the soundtrack of the film Waltz with Bashir (2008).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by John McCrea, except as indicated

1."Comanche" 2:09
2."Ruby Sees All"3:00
3."Up So Close" 3:13
4."Pentagram" 2:19
6."Haze of Love" 3:08
7."You Part the Waters" 2:50
8."Is This Love?"
  • McCrea
  • Brown
9."Jesus Wrote a Blank Check" 3:10
10."Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle" 4:14
11."I Bombed Korea" 2:19
12."Mr. Mastodon Farm"
  • McCrea
  • Brown
13."Ain't No Good" 2:40


  • John McCrea – vocals, guitar
  • Greg Brown – guitar, organ
  • Vince DiFiore – trumpet
  • Victor Damiani – bass
  • Todd Roper – drums
Additional personnel
  • Frank French – drums on tracks 5, 8, 10, 11
  • Gabriel Nelson – bass on tracks 5, 8, 10, 11
  • Hag – extra background vocals


  1. ^ a b Bloom, Madison (November 6, 2022). "Cake: Fashion Nuggets Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Cater, Darryl. "Motorcade of Generosity – Cake | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  3. ^ Hollingsworth, Chauncey (1995-05-11). "Cake Motorcade of Generosity (Capricorn)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-12-17.
  4. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Cake". Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 130. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved December 20, 2014. rolling stone cake album guide.

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